Be safe this Bank Holiday weekend

Be safe this Bank Holiday weekend

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A recent Road Safety Authority report found that between 2008 and 2012, alcohol was a contributory factor in 38% of all fatal collisions. If you decide to drink alcohol this June Bank Holiday weekend, take some time to get the facts about alcohol and be safe.

Here are three things to keep in mind if you plan to drink alcohol over the long weekend:

Keep track and drink plenty of water

Drinking alcohol at any level can increase the risk of damage to your health and wellbeing but this risk increases the more you drink. Try to keep track of how many standard drinks you consume. One standard drink is a half pint of beer, stout or lager, small glass of wine (100ml) or a pub measure of spirits (35.5ml). With the sun set to stick around for the long weekend, remember that alcohol dehydrates the body so drinking plenty of water is vital to keep hydrated.

The Department of Health/HSE recommend that to reduce alcohol-related risks to your health, adhere to the low-risk guidelines for alcohol consumption:

  • 11 standard drinks (110g pure alcohol) spread out over the week for women, with at least two alcohol-free days
  • 17 standard drinks (170g pure alcohol) spread out over the week for men, with at least two alcohol-free days

Think before you drive the morning after drinking alcohol

An Garda Síochána figures show that between 2007 and 2015, 35 people were killed and 85 were seriously injured on Irish roads over the June Bank Holiday period. 1 in 10 driving under the influence arrests are made between 8am and 2pm.

The time of your last drink at night will affect when it is safe for you to drive the following day so there could still be alcohol in your system the morning after drinking. It takes your body one hour to process one standard drink and there’s no quick fix. Nothing you can do will help to remove alcohol from your body any quicker, only time.

This weekend, plan ahead and arrange an alternative way to travel the next morning. Never EVER drink and drive.

Reducing how much you drink is easier than you might think

A recent Healthy Ireland report stated that 14% of drinkers feel they should cut down on their drinking. Here are some quick tips to reduce your alcohol consumption that you could try this long weekend:

  • Take control of your own drinking by avoiding rounds. With rounds, you may end up drinking a lot more than you had intended.
  • Low alcohol wine and beer are now more widely available. Try one out as an alternative to your usual full strength drink.
  • When you’re drinking wine, always finish one glass before pouring another. Topping up your glass can make it hard to track how much drink.
  • If you usually drink pints of beer or cider, why not opt for a bottle or half pint instead?

Download our information booklet, Alcohol and You, to get the facts about alcohol and use our tracker to see how much you drink and spend on alcohol in one week.